Meet Your Minor

When you minor in pre-law, you will develop a better understanding of many of the pertinent legal issues, laws and court decisions affecting government, business and society.

You will also improve you critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills and gain a strong understanding of and appreciation for the law and its role in society.

Hands On Learning

We encourage our students to learn outside the classroom. Some of our law-related service learning placements have included:

  • Consumer Protection Agency, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
  • Essex County Juvenile Court
  • Essex County District Attorney’s Office
  • Neighborhood Legal Services, Lawrence, Massachusetts

Recent legal internships have included:

  • Federal District Court, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Lawrence District Court
  • Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
  • Victim Witness Assistance Program, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Essex County District Attorney’s Office

We also sponsor a variety of on-campus events highlighting guest speakers, discussion groups and debates. Our career nights bring alumni law school graduates back to campus annually to share their collective wisdom on the legal profession and career pathways. Many of them offer mentoring days where you many “shadow” them for a day.

Law School Preparation

  • In addition to the advice and support provided by our pre-law adviser, LSAT prep classes are available on campus and in the community. Also, the Pre-Law Society sponsors an LSAT support/study group that meets regularly throughout the year.
  • We sponsor on-campus recruiting visits by several New England law schools during the academic year. 

Career Options

Our graduates who have attended law school have gone on to work as attorneys in a variety of places such as the Department of Justice, Department of Youth Services and Department of Social Services. Others have gone on to careers as district attorneys, state court judges and law clerks, in-house counsel or contract negotiators for Fortune 500 corporations, attorneys in small, mid-sized and large law firms, attorneys for non-profit corporations and attorneys for state and federal agencies.

After Merrimack

Schools our alumni have attended include:

  • Baylor Law School
  • Boston College Law School
  • Boston University School of Law
  • Cornell Law School
  • Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
  • Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Massachusetts School of Law
  • New England School of Law
  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • Notre Dame Law School
  • Roger Williams University School of Law
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law
  • Villanova University School of Law
  • Western New England College School of Law

What You’ll Take

To satisfy the requirements for the pre-law minor, you must complete a minimum of 18 credits, a minimum of five courses, and an experiential component, as specified below:

Required Courses

POL 2122 or
MGT 3330

Law and Society or
Legal Environment of Business (for management concentrates in business only)

POL 3151 or
POL 3152
American Constitutional Law or
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Completion of an experiential learning component approved by the department. This can be an internship, Moot Court, or additional approved activities that expose students to practical experiences in the law. Please refer to the Pre-Law Minor Experiential Learning Component Form. We recommend reviewing this form and planning ahead as soon as you declare your minor.

Additional Electives
(choose three)

Political Science
POL 3150 Criminal Law
POL 3151 American Constitutional Law
POL 3152 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

MGT 3320 Employment Law and Labor Relations
SPM 3500 Legal Environment of Sports

Women’s and Gender Studies
WGS 3710 Gender and the Law

CRM 2800 Search and Seizure

Additional Notes

  • Online pre-law courses do not qualify to meet the five course or 18 credit requirement for the pre-law minor.
  • Only two political science courses may be double-counted between a pre-law minor and a political science major/minor.